How to Make a Wikipedia Page

Are you ready to start sharing your knowledge with Wikipedia and the world?  Great!  This tutorial will go over how to create your very own article on Wikipedia.  Remember, you need an account on Wikipedia to create an article, so see our Wikipedia Accounts tutorial if you don't have an account yet.

Creating a Wikipedia Page

  1. Go to www.wikipedia.org in your web browser and click on the language version that you want to use.

  2. In the upper-right corner, click Log In.

  3. Click in the box labelled "Enter your user name" and type in your user name.  Then click on the box labelled "Enter your password" and type in your password (it will appear as bullet points to protect it from prying eyes).  Finally, click the Log In button.




     

  4. You will notice that the menu in the top-right corner has changed.  Click on Sandbox.

  5. Your "Sandbox" is your personal editing space, where you can practice how to create and edit pages, and even submit new pages to Wikipedia once they're done.  Click the buttons in the screenshot below to see what some of the different options do

     

    Quick Formatting

    You can click the "B" or "I" here to quickly toggle whether your text will appear bold or italicized (or both, or neither).

     

    Quick Signature/Timestamp

    Click here to quickly insert your signature (if you have one) and the current date and time into your article.

     

    Quick Hyperlink

    Click here to create a link between some of your text and another web page. You can choose whether this page is within Wikipedia itself or at a different website.

     

    Embed Image

    Click here to type in the file name of an image you have, and also give it a caption. Then you can put it in your Wikipedia article.

     

    Quick Reference

    Click here to add a quick citation (to give credit for the knowledge if it came from somewhere else) or comment about something you've written.

     

    Advanced Options

    Click here to get further options such as being able to create bulleted or numbered lists, increasing or decreasing the size of your text, or inserting a table into your article.

     

    Special Characters

    Click here to see lists of special characters that you can add to your text, such as, for example, letters with accents (such as "é" or "ç").

     

    Help

    Click here to see examples of how to type text in your article so that it shows up properly when Wikipedia changes it into its more easy-to-read format.

     

    Cite

    Click here to see tools that will help you make reference to your sources of information, including detailed ways to cite different types of sources (including books, academic journals, and other web pages).

     

    Main Window

    This is where the magic happens. Click in this box and start typing to give life to your article!

     

    Insert

    Similar to the "Special Characters" menu, you can click one of the symbols here to insert it (or whatever it represents to Wikipedia) into your article. You can also click the drop-down menu here and select what types of symbols you would like to see.

  6. If you're still totally lost, type http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Simple_guide_to_creating_your_first_article into your web browser to get an easy example of how to create a Wikipedia article.

  7. When you're done, you can click Show Preview to see what your article will actually look like once it's up on Wikipedia.  If you like what you see, you can click Save Page.

  8. If you're satisfied and want to try to make your page available for everyone who visits Wikipedia to see, click Submit Your Draft for Review.  Then click Save Page again when you get to the next screen. 

You'll probably get plenty of feedback from the community on things that are good or can be improved.  Don't be discouraged if your article doesn't pass the first time; just take the feedback you get into consideration and try again, or ask for help on a "talk" page.  Either way, you've taken your first step towards contributing to a global archive of shared knowledge!

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